David T. Daniels

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David Daniels
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 17th district
In office
January 3, 2011-February 24, 2012
Preceded by John Carey
Succeeded by Bob Peterson
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 86th district
In office
January 6, 2003-December 31, 2010
Preceded by Dennis Stapleton
Succeeded by Cliff Rosenberger
Personal details
Born (1957-01-14) January 14, 1957 (age 60)
Greenfield, Ohio
Political party Republican
Residence Greenfield, Ohio
Profession Farmer

David Daniels is a Republican politician who has served as the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture since February 2012.[1] From 2011 to 2012, he represented the 17th District as a member of the Ohio Senate. From 2003 to 2010, he served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 86th District.


Prior to government, Daniels and his father managed the Daniels Brothers Farm. Daniels served four years on Greenfield City Council and was Mayor for eight years. He also served as a Highland County Commissioner for six years.

With an open seat available in 2002, Daniels won a three way primary to take the Republican nomination with 41.85% of the vote. He defeated Democrat Bill Horne with 63.4% of the vote to take his first term. In 2004, he again defeated Horne with 61.08% of the vote, and again with 53.16% of the vote in 2006. Daniels was selected as Chairman of the State Government and Elections Committee for the 127th General Assembly. In 2008, Daniels again beat Horne with 57.5% of the vote to take a final term.[2]

Ohio Senate[edit]

With incumbent John Carey unable to run again in 2010 due to term limits, Daniels entered the race to succeed him. However, he faced fellow Representative Clyde Evans in the primary election.[3] It proved to be a divisive, negative primary, which included election complaints filed by both candidates.[4] In the end, Daniels defeated Evans with 51.62% of the vote to take the nomination.[5] Daniels faced Gallia County Commissioner Justin Fallon in the general election. While Democrats were hoping for an upset, Daniels won the general election with 63.39% of the vote.[6]

On January 3, 2011, Daniels was sworn into office for his first term. Senate President Tom Niehaus subsequently named Daniels as a member of the Energy and Public Utilities Committee (as Chairman); Finance; Financial Institutions; and State and Local Government and Veteran's Affairs (as vice chairman). He also serves on the Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation; the Lawrence County Transportation Improvement District; and the Power Siting Board.


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 11-04-2008. 2008 general election results Ohio Secretary of State 2-10-2011
  3. ^ Throne, Mike. 4-19-2010 17th District Senate race heats up The Chillicothe Gazette Retrieved 2-10-2011
  4. ^ Lewis, Gary 4-14-2010 Daniels Responds to Lies from Clyde Evans Highland County Republican Party Retrieved 2-10-2011
  5. ^ Brunner, Jennifer. 5-4-2010 2010 primary election results Ohio Secretary of State Retrieved 2-10-2011
  6. ^ Brunner, Jennifer. 11-2-2010 2010 general election results Ohio Secretary of State Retrieved 2-10-2011